Thursday, August 16, 2007

Entries Sought for 1st Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Chestertown, MD, August 15, 2007 — Organizers for the Waterfront Festival are taking entries for the 1st Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta to be held along the Chester River at the Lelia Hynson Pavilion on September 22, 2007 at 4:30 PM. Entries are limited to the first 30 boats registered. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Washington College may participate. Registration costs $5 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. Total awards and prizes are valued at $1,125.

A cardboard boat regatta challenges participants to build a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard and a few other approved materials that is capable of completing a lap around a 300-meter course. The idea is to have fun on the water and be as creative as possible in designing, building and decorating the rafts. Points are also garnered by wearing costumes appropriate for the theme of the vessel. Every boat must have a captain, and there can be up to six people on a team.

John Seidel, Director of the Center for Environment & Society said, "We're expecting a great turnout for the regatta and hope to make this an annual event for the campus community." Seidel said he's already heard from several students hard at work building some very creative boats.

Every boat will be an original work of art. Awards recognize creative use of cardboard and brave mariners will be competing for prizes in the following categories:

  • Cape Horn Award - 1st around the course - $300
  • Captain Cook Award - 2nd best circumnavigator - $150
  • Robert Peary Award - 3rd across the finish line - $75
  • Horatio Nelson Award - best overall design, name, costumes - $300
  • Cutty Sark Award - best design & construction - $100 gift card to Subway
  • Kon-Tiki Award - best theme & costumes - $100 gift card to Old Mill Cafe
  • Linda Greenlaw Award - most team spirit - $50 gift card to Imperial Hotel
  • Titanic Award - spectacular sinking - $50 gift card to Play It Again Sam

According to John Wagner, Director of Waterfront Programs, "It will be a surprise to see what people come up with, and even more fun to see which boats will remain 'seaworthy' out on the river."

Wagner suggests checking out boatbuilding tips on the college's website or Google "cardboard boat" if your team is having trouble coming up with a great design. "Hopefully, people will find something that stirs their imaginations and they'll be inspired to join us on September 22," he said.

The College is offering a free Cardboard Boat Building Demo on August 30 at 5:30 PM on Miller Library Terrace (or Hodson Hall in case of rain). On the day of the Festival, there will be a comprehensive Cardboard Boat Building Workshop from 12 noon to 4:00 PM at the Pavilion. The $15 workshop fee includes materials and instructions for those last-minute mariners who want to enter the competition.

Each team must have a captain and all regatta participants must be members of the Washington College campus community (student, faculty, staff, or alumni). Participants agree to abide by Washington College waterfront policies and other rules that govern these events. A complete list of rules and approved building materials can be found through the online registration.

Spectators are welcome to enjoy the bluegrass music of Chester River Runoff and watch the Waterfront Festival activities—including the "survivor kayaking" competition, sailfest, volley ball and tug-o-war tournaments, and the card board boat regatta—in Wilmer Park from 12:00-5:00 PM on September 22.

Immediately following the activities, Student Affairs is hosting a picnic in the park with the music of Ewabo, a Caribbean Steel Drum band. The music is free for all to enjoy. Students on the meal plan are covered and the picnic cost for faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College is $10 per person. Reservations must be made in advance. R.s.v.p. by September 17 to

In case of foul weather, waterfront activities will regrettably be cancelled but Chester River Runoff will perform at the Student Center in Hodson Hall. The picnic and Steel Drum band will move to the Dining Hall on the main campus. For information, contact JoAnn Fairchild at 410-778-7295 "oar" Beth Anne Roy at 410-778-7277.

Events are sponsored by the Washington College 225 Anniversary Committee, Student Affairs, and the Center for Environment & Society. Student Affairs orchestrates a range of programs, workshops, and other offerings for student development and enrichment. The Center supports interdisciplinary research and education, exemplary stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and the integration of ecological and social values.

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